Flooding: Yangtze Vs. Ganges

Michael Animation, Data & Graphics, Photo August 24, 2016

Ganges River near Patna on August 10, 2015 and August 21, 2016, via NASA


In August 2016, heavy monsoon rains pushed the Ganges and other rivers in eastern and central India to the breaking point.These images use a combination of infrared and visible light to increase contrast between water and land. Water is blue. Vegetation is green. Notice that the water is a slightly lighter shade of blue in the lower image due to all the suspended sediment in the water.


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